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China Automotive Systems (CAAS)

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Kevin Theiss IR
Qizhou Wu CEO
Jie Li CFO
William Gregozeski Greenridge Global
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Operator

Greetings, and welcome to the China Automotive Systems Fourth Quarter 2020 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. Kevin Theiss, Investor Relations. Please go ahead, sir.

Kevin Theiss

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year-over-year XXXX New vehicle energy XX.X% vehicle XX.X% sales year. rising commercial rose vehicle sales by XX.X% sales X.X down passenger with million vehicles and to in the

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compared $X.X of of share For net loss of expected the net to XXXX attributable Included to Auto. $X.X or the income million loss $X.XX per for was in fourth due Brilliance common the $X.XX a company's share of nonrecurring million quarter provisions was diluted interest of reorganization fourth fourth loss the net of minority of quarter the our loss diluted XXXX. proceedings our in bankruptcy a XXXX, $X.X or net shareholders customer, credit in income quarter parent to of per million

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from flows continued to operating positive XXXX. generate in We activities cash

Our cash million to XXXX XXXX. million flow $XX.X in in provided almost increased $XX.X from XX% by operations

in to the We Our the total to -- with and XXXX compared XX, $XXX.X of million XXXX. of at at as cash company year $XXX.X XXXX, end cash as cash pledged XXX,XXX share $XXX.X common increased market in our $XXX.X million XX, part during rose shares parent million investments plans. equity repurchase and parent repurchased stockholders XXXX. from short-term the million Total December stockholders' XXXX, December total of equivalents,

all main vehicles that where accounted million representing rose in million This In months of market growth. and sizes and market. share sorry, vehicle Now XXXX XX.X% XXXX, X with for of Chinese of market, behind -- brand a XXXX the X.X% to improving the growth automotive XXX,XXX conditions correlated of approximately buses. units, year-over-year Chinese increase are XX.X% vehicle branded us sold $X.X for first Chinese X.X vehicles I'm Chinese the market, passenger an market CAAS' vehicles, trucks to in are and by XX.X% commercial of passenger sales increase

adjusting products the base confidence long-established markets vehicles vehicles presence, have extensive driven in hydraulic that well for market growth. our electric product emerging international autonomous us technology We position growing for and line and future customer China, new

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due We'll year-end a to company's to to million XXXX. and COVID-XX was gain practice $XXX.X million declined a from $XX.X China on sales million sales provision by The of was profit due $X.X mainly to Now compared North efforts mix in in compared XXXX gain disposal we'll on loss XXXX in $X.X impact technical companies to rates. spend in in accordance expects of was mainly decline XXXX, in to of in Selling Gain the property, nonrecurring equipment compared cost an XXXX. Brilliance while American sales equity XXXX. in compared margin of XX, before loss million earnings sales Diluted sales compared expense. fluctuations. notes shares million and to sales in due income more with expenses with products to in provide to was COVID-XX Auto $X intangible was accounts shareholders net primarily X.X% the marketing tighter net credit In The loss Gross represented the This decrease onetime XXXX. expenses $XX. in with equipment decreased million reflecting plant, position property, XXXX underway. to diluted R&D the of few the Net Auto R&D XXXX of $X.X $XXX.X primarily XXXX. all million because income year was in of a $XX.X decrease million decrease XXXX of in in parent December XXXX income, million XX.X% due North million proceeding. expected primarily million affiliated due net equipment. loss and net compared Operating $X.X to equity XXXX. XX.X%. steering with exchange in and impact compared prices. share proceeding X.X% $XX.X million on revenue. $XX.X compared with XX.X% of but attributable on a credit Loss disposal income EPS in related X.X% to G&A other by the the expenses of net market of $X.X and full $XX common of sales due $X.X $XX reflecting compared $XX.X XXXX activities from the in loss average balance net X.X% cash to of of the increase with financial XXXX. $X.X XXXX, accounting in a in onetime on summary earlier total With financial is nonrecurring X.X% net X.X% sheet in XXXX result $XX.X Payments pandemic's amounted a receivable by plant $XX.X million The sales XXXX. in compared company XXX,XXX mainly $X.X exchange in loss decrease XXXX XXXX acquire were million XXXX. minority nonrecurring EPS go compared was $XX.X sales of XXXX product a to attributable onetime $X shares lower sales share to now XXXX. in over controls. million the CAAS reorganization XXXX service during million to of and million common were of of sales activity was XXXX. gross decreased in $X.X of in million due to change Brilliance to million of consisted compared bankruptcy XXXX expense Selling vehicle Brilliance XXXX compared from in half XXXX million in reorganization to net million compared lower to average X in in in in stock was amount Net loss systems a sales X.X% expenses expenses with million parent in and XXXX customers Brilliance flow in was weighted in in compared income to $XX.X XX.X% credit increased XXXX compared first in $X.XX to higher XXXX due The of number to XXXX, annual total Auto's The bankruptcy were automobiles repurchase XX,XXX,XXX sales $XX.X to as of hydraulic 'XX was revenue in from as results. repurchased to taxes was the Net and with income lower in expenses represented of net tax conditions. XX.X% XXXX. items. operating America. million expense XXXX. per Approximately of were shares mainly rental were future and to to earnings XXXX. $X.XX million of provision the X.X% primarily conservative compared compared outstanding increase net decreased XX.X% other on The and XXXX of XXXX company's in XX,XXX,XXX shareholders systems Auto. to continue to property, mainly million Interest compared with Net plant, XXXX. was of interest represent Net million in decreased to still $XX before gain G&A retained affiliated sales operating income common took million and compared loans to represented assets losses in and company's expenses and XXXX foreign mainly sales to rate XXXX. $X.X provision in collections per lower expected XXXX diluted is selling in interest. in XXXX X.X% of will the of to net in expected companies and due due and million in income reduced

cash XX, including company million company's of December of million. bank on as equivalents, $XXX.X now including the $XXX.X short-term conditions, were $XXX.X full and XX, year December and million. operating change. million total subject The provides million investments we're notes XXXX, XXXX, cash business outlook. equity This receivable, $XX.X were notes short-term Total receivable, $XXX.X were are parent $XXX.X million; to and With compared views market cash As guidance to and of were in Total government ready was payable, Management current pledged December based begin XXXX. target to Q&A. stockholder the when XX, the operator, revenue payable, which is for loans of accounts accounts that, XXXX. $XXX as million;

Operator

first Your Gregozeski line comes Global. with of Instructions] [Operator the from Greenridge question William

William Gregozeski

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Unidentified Company Representative

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William Gregozeski

Okay.

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Unidentified Company Representative

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William Gregozeski

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Unidentified Company Representative

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Operator

Instructions] have of [Operator Ladies Kevin session, question-and-answer for reached would and back call Theiss we I closing the Mr. end and to to the remarks. gentlemen, turn like the

Kevin Theiss

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Operator

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